2.2. Installation options
Now that you have a computer that can install and run ArgoUML effectively, you need to decide which
of the installation options available is appropriate for you. You can choose from the following options:
Java Web Start
This alternative is good for occasional users and tests.
It is the easiest and quickest way to start using ArgoUML.
It requires connection to the ArgoUML homepage.
Make sure you have
Java Web Start
Follow the Launch ArgoUML-link from the
ArgoUML will be downloaded, cached locally and
On subsequent starts, the ArgoUML is available
also from the Java Web Start console (even
without being connected to the internet)and
(if connected) at each start the version is
checked against that on the web server and
updates are automatically downloaded.
Use the Windows Installer
This installation method is the easiest way for most Windows users.
It also installs all available modules,
which includes support for e.g. C++ and PHP.
Download the installer from the ArgoUML homepage.
The filename is of the form
(with vvvv the version number).
Run the downloaded installer program
and follow the directions on the screen.
The install wizard gives you the opportunity to install
the latest "JRE" (Java Runtime Environment).
There is no need to select this if you already have a
Sun Java installed, version 5 or better.
This is good for regular users and guarantees that the
version of ArgoUML cannot change during the course of
Make sure that you have a recent Java JRE
Download the ArgoUML binary distribution from
the ArgoUML homepage.
This could also include copying it to and from a
USB memory stick or CD in order to get it to the
computer if no network connection is available.
Create an ArgoUML installation directory.
Change the current directory
to the ArgoUML installation directory and
extract the ArgoUML files to the installation
Start by running the
file, either by simply (double-)
clicking on the file, or by executing the
java -jar argouml.jar
at the command line, or via a batch-file.